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BIG brings LGID into Improving Futures action

Big Lottery Fund (BIG) has appointed LGID to help deliver its £20m Improving Futures funding programme by providing advice and support to potential applicants.

BIG’s Improving Futures programme will give vulnerable young children across the UK a better future by supporting their families.  BIG’s approach will see families being offered tailored individual support from local voluntary sector organisations working in partnerships with public services.

LGID (Local Government Improvement and Development) will use its extensive expertise to help these organisations get involved in the programme and support them to develop their partnerships and projects. Working across the UK, LGID will liaise closely with their equivalent organisations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to deliver this support.

LGID will run a series of briefing events across the UK and offer a free support service to partnerships as they put together their expressions of interest. Advice will be offered between April 5 and May 12 in a number of ways:

  • A dedicated Community of Practice – an online resource - will be available to all partnerships interested in this programme. This will include access to a range of information, advice and frequently asked questions and answers
  • at a series of briefing events across the country
  • by phone
  • via email

Once partnerships have been invited to the full application stage, LGID will offer dedicated one on one support to each applicant.

Oonagh Aitken, National Adviser for Children and Families at LGID said: "LGID are delighted to be working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund on the Improving Futures programme and look forward to supporting applicants through the expression of interest and full application processes. We feel this role is crucial in supporting applicants to fully understand and demonstrate in their applications the emphasis being placed on good partnership working; evidence of existing good practice already happening linked strongly to need in the area; and how they will demonstrate that their interventions are having an impact on improved outcomes for children and their families.”

Peter Wanless, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive said: “We welcome LGID’s involvement in the programme. Their input will be invaluable in ensuring that we not only reach some of the most disadvantaged children and families across the UK but that wider lessons are captured and shared as a result of the ways in which they will be supported."

Dedicated support from the LGID project team is available by phone on 0207 296 6880 or by email

Further Information

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 020 7211 1888     
Out of hours contact: 07867 500 572
Public Enquiries Line: 08454 102030                           
Textphone: 0845 6021 659

Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website:

Notes to Editors

  • BIG Lottery Fund’s Improving Futures programme is part of Replication and Innovation, BIG’s new UK-wide funding initiative that aims to use BIG’s networks and funding experience to target deep-rooted social problems.
  • *For more information on the briefing events, visit:
  • The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out half the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
  • BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £25 billion has now been raised and more than 330,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment

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